Just Visiting (2001)

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A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the 12th century to the year 2000. There the knight meets some of his family and slowly learns what this new century is like. However, he still needs to get back to the 12th century to deal with the witch, so he starts looking for a wizard. Remake of 1993 French film Les Visiteurs (The Visitors).

Film Overview
"Just Visiting" is a 2001 French-American funny movie directed by Jean-Marie Gaubert. The movie script, written by Jean-Marie Poiré and Christian Clavier, is an adjustment from the French comedy film "Les Visiteurs", directed by the exact same people. The cast consists of stars like Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier, Tara Reid, and Malcolm McDowell.

Plot Summary
The plot focuses on Thibault (Jean Reno), a French nobleman, and his humorous servant, André (Christian Clavier), from the 12th century. After Thibault's fiancee Rosalind (Christina Applegate) gets mistakenly killed by a hallucinogenic potion, a sorcerer (Malcolm McDowell) is asked to send out Thibault into time prior to the incident, so as to avoid it. Nevertheless, they erroneously end up being carried to 21st-century Chicago.

Interaction with the Modern World
Finding themselves in a totally unknown world, Thibault and André hilariously attempt to navigate contemporary life. Their 12th-century manners and perceptions cause a series of comical misadventures, triggering mayhem any place they go. They're initially perceived as lunatics and are considered treatment, however eventually, they are embraced into society by Julia (also played by Christina Applegate), the descendant of Lady Rosalind. Thibault is interrupted by the various values and ethical decline he perceives in this modern world, and attempts to retain his nobleness and chivalry, though it runs out place.

Back to the Past
As Thibault and André continue their lives in the 21st century, they eventually find the wizard who did the magic, now a janitor in a museum. They request his aid in sending them back to the 12th century. The wizard handles to send out both of them back in time, making it possible for Thibault to avoid Rosalind's death. Concurrently back in contemporary Chicago, Julia discovers that she has acquired an old family castle, thanks to Thibault's intervention in the past that saves Lady Rosalind's life and undoubtedly modifications Julia's household history.

Just Visiting: Reception
"Just Visiting" stands as a special take on time-travel comedies, which integrates elements of history, humour, action and fantasy, and leverages the contrast between contemporary and middle ages European life for laughs. The film received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics however was praised for its comedic aspects and the performances of its 2 primary characters played by Jean Reno and Christian Clavier. Despite this, the film underperformed at the box office. However, subsequent to its DVD release, it has actually gotten a specific cult following. "Just Visiting" stays a noteworthy example of funny focusing on the style of time travel.

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